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  • Keeping Your MINNEAPOLIS Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

    Sep 12, 2017

    Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter?

    A. A filter for your MINNEAPOLIS house?
    B. A fresh, piney scent?
    C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?

    Clever you, it's C.

    A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common MN air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.

    These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

    Not all MINNEAPOLIS vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in MN. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in MINNEAPOLIS come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year.

    Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in MINNEAPOLIS. Your vehicle can be a haven during our MN allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, the cabin air filter eventually gets clogged. When this happens, your heating and air conditioning flow can become restricted. The filter can even get kind of smelly.

    Check your owner's manual for replacement guidelines. If your vehicle owner's manual doesn't mention your cabin air filter, ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Affordable Transmissions for a recommendation. It's usually every year or 12,000 miles /19,000 kilometers. Change it sooner if you drive in dusty conditions around the MINNEAPOLIS area, or if you start to notice a funky smell coming from your vents.

    The team at Affordable Transmissions urges MINNEAPOLIS drivers to keep their cabin air filter cleans. It may not help with your brother-in-law in the backseat, but it will make your driving experience around MINNEAPOLIS more enjoyable.

    Come by and we'll take a look at your cabin air filter for you.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    (763) 533-1169


    MINNEAPOLIS Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

    Jul 10, 2017

    Let's talk about air quality in MINNEAPOLIS. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, MINNEAPOLIS drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?

    Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in MINNEAPOLIS. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live in an area of MN where there's a lot of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often.

    You can also ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS. How hard is it to change an air filter on a car? It depends on your vehicle. Some are quite accessible; others take some doing to get to them. They're usually in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.

    Because cabin air filters are so new on the scene, some people haven't heard of them – even those who have cabin air filters in their vehicle. Affordable Transmissions service advisors have discovered that many MINNEAPOLIS customers who complained about an unpleasant odor in their vehicle simply had a dirty cabin air filter. 

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    (763) 533-1169

    Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

    Jan 15, 2017

    Bad air quality while you're driving around MINNEAPOLIS is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.

    These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

    So your cabin air filter can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Affordable Transmissions, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers).

    The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have Affordable Transmissions take care of replacing them.

    As we said, many people don't realize they have a cabin air filter and go to their shop complaining about a funky smell in the ventilation system. It turned out to be a cabin air filter that was long overdue for replacement – really dirty and starting to smell. A quick replacement and they were on their way and smelling fine.

    MINNEAPOLIS residents who are allergy sensitive can really benefit from a cabin air filter, as it keeps allergens to a minimum. If you're one of them, you'll want to stay on top of your filter replacement schedule.

    Of course if you do a lot of driving around the MINNEAPOLIS area in dusty or polluted conditions, you'll need to change your cabin air filter more often.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    (763) 533-1169